Take your education and skill development into your own hands. Don't count on your boss or job for it.

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Take your education and skill development into your own hands.

Don't count on your boss or job for it.

Each week, consistently use a certain amount of your own "off the clock" time so to speak to improve your skills, knowledge, and work efficiency. Treat it like you would the commute to work at an in-person job. Yeah, you might be getting paid for X hours per week of on-the-clock time, but budget much more time for that job in your personal schedule, to accommodate your commute and continued self-education and off-the-clock skill development.

Imagine I bring my Tesla into my long-time mechanic of whom I've been a loyal buyer of services for 20+ years, and he says, "oh, I don't know how to work on electric vehicles, only gas engines. So I need you to pay me $100,000 so I can go to electric car school. And you will need to wait while I learn, so it will take an extra long time for me to fix this and cost you an extra $100,000."

I'm not going to wait, and I'm certainly not going to pay for his future education. I'm just going to terminate my agreement with him and hire someone whose knowledge has grown with the fast-changing world. Even if he wanted his customers to pay for his electric car education, he would have needed to have built that in as a surcharge or upcharge on his gas engine repair services years ago while he did electric car self-education on the side out of regular business hours. It's too late now for that. It'd be too late for him. (Don't worry too much about him, though; he's fictional.)

If your skills, work speed/efficiency, and knowledge are about the same as they are now in a year, you will likely be let go (fired), or, if you are in business for yourself and/or are a contractor, you will notice your customers stop buying and you will go out of business.

Like cash on a table being reduced in value by inflation, you are losing market value each day. Stagnation in your skills and work efficiency is actually a constant decrease in your value in business and labor markets.

Even if you find a new job with your old unimproved skills, it will likely be at a significant pay cut, or with other penalties (e.g. having to work holidays and undesirable graveyard hours for the same pay you used to get for nice regular daytime hours on non-holidays).

The world is growing and accelerating around you. You have to grow and speed up just to stay the same size and keep up. To stay the same size is, in market value, to shrink and disappear. To keep the same speed is, in market value, to slow down and fall farther and farther behind.

Your education and growth is nobody's job but your own. Generally, nobody's going to be willing to pay for it directly but you. Generally, it's not going to be on-the-clock time.

You get the payouts and promotions after you learn, not to learn.

The job you have now likely won't exist in a year. Even if it seems to exist still, it will likely be in name only, meaning the job will be so different and require such different skills and qualifications that it's not really even the same job. To even keep your job is to get a promotion, and to get that promotion you will have to invest in yourself and your education at your own expense in your own time.

If you aren't in the process of earning a promotion right now, you are on a conveyor belt going towards termination town.


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Eckhart Aurelius Hughes
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&quot;If you aren't in the process of earning a promotion right now, you are on a conveyor belt going towards termination town.&quot;<br /> - Eckhart Aurelius Hughes
"If you aren't in the process of earning a promotion right now, you are on a conveyor belt going towards termination town."
- Eckhart Aurelius Hughes


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Very true! I agree that in today's rapidly evolving job market, taking control of your education and skill development is crucial for staying relevant and competitive. Relying solely on your boss or employer for skill development can be limiting. Instead, we should dedicate a consistent portion of our personal time each week to improve our skills and knowledge. We should treat this commitment like a necessary part of our job, akin to a commute.
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Hilda Murithi wrote: June 25th, 2024, 12:40 am Very true! I agree that in today's rapidly evolving job market, taking control of your education and skill development is crucial for staying relevant and competitive. Relying solely on your boss or employer for skill development can be limiting. Instead, we should dedicate a consistent portion of our personal time each week to improve our skills and knowledge. We should treat this commitment like a necessary part of our job, akin to a commute.
Just a side note: If your skills and efficiency remain stagnant, your market value will decline. Continuous improvement is always essential to maintain and increase your value in the job market. Failing to adapt and grow can lead to job loss or the need to accept less desirable positions with lower pay.
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Absolutely agree! I've found this to be true in my own experience as well. I'm a doctor, but I decided to take an HR course and a programming course on my own time. The HR course has helped me manage administrative tasks more efficiently and improved my interactions with staff and patients, creating a better workplace environment. The programming skills have allowed me to understand and optimize the computer-based systems I use for patient care, making my work more effective and up-to-date with technological advancements. Investing in your own education really pays off in the long run!
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What if everyone on this planet keeps taking his or her education and skills into his hands, would we have the personnel to work as employees? Who would work for you if he is building his foundation of being his boss? if I've been wrong correct me.
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